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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Word Nerd by Susan Nielsen

Ambrose is a misfit, he's quirky, a nerd. He is tormented by a few kids at school, and the last stunt they pulled nearly killed him. You see, Ambrose has a peanut allergy. The kids told him to close his eyes, and then put a peanut in his sandwich. After this incident, everyone thought it best if Ambrose enrolled in correspondence-school, which means he takes his classes at home, on-line. This is when things start to get interesting for Ambrose. He meets his landlords’ son, fresh out of prison. His overprotective mother insists he keep away from him, but Ambrose is a curious kid. He always asks the question you’re thinking, but are too afraid, or too polite to ask; he has no filter. Isn’t it great having a friend like that? Well, it’s great having a narrator like that too. This book is a funny story about a kid who’s different.
Recommended for grades 6-9

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

Welcome back to the quirky and charming imagination of the author/illustrator of the (rightfully)award-winning The Arrival. This collection of very short stories and inspired illustrations will go down easy and leave you thinking. From Eric,the unusual exchange student, to the annual celebration of the Nameless Holiday, Outer Suburbia will seem eerily similar to your neighborhood--turned inside out and viewed through a funhouse mirror. Recommended for grades 7 and up.

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Celeste, Nanette and Taviana live in Unity--a religious compound in which it is believed that salvation for men results from having at least three wives and salvation for girls and women depends on becoming one of those wives. Celeste is about to turn 15 and is rebelling at the thought of being given in marriage to someone as old as her father. Her younger sister, Nanette, on the other hand, can hardly bear to wait another year before she's deemed ready. And Taviana is not of Unity, but has found refuge there from a terrible life outside. When Taviana is expelled from the community and Celeste falls for a boy her own age, all three girls must choose what they are and aren't willing to sacrifice for their future happiness. For high school.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Everything Beautiful in the World by Lisa Levchuk

Edna (yeah, she hates her name) is numbed by her mother's recent cancer diagnosis. She can't even bring herself to call, never mind visit the hospital. In the meantime, she uses her crush on her handsome art teacher to distract herself from the fear. But it turns out the crush is mutual and Edna falls headlong into a physical relationship with Mr. Howland. Pretty soon, though, it's clear that Mr. Howland isn't an answer to her problems. He's one of them. Recommended for high school and up.

Appetite for Detention by Sloane Tanen, photographed by Stefan Hagen

To say too much would be to give the 'plot' away, but just remember that all the funniest books have chickens in them. Share the misery of their typical(?) teen experiences in this hilarious photo essay. Recommended for high school and up.

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Bonny Light Horseman by L.A. Meyer

Jacky Faber continues her misadventures in book six of the Bloody Jack series. Sixteen isn’t so sweet for Jacky when she’s trapped into becoming a spy for the British Crown. Separated, yet again, from her true love, Jacky first finds herself in a tutu and then back in man’s clothing as a soldier in Napoleon’s Grand Army. It’s a test of loyalties for Jacky: betray the men she’s leading or the country of her birth (which honestly hasn’t been that good to her). Recommended for high school.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My Most Excellent Year

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Augie and Andy are in love but they don't know it. T.C. wants Ale to love him, but he's going about it all wrong. Hucky is a deaf 6 year old orphan who stumbles into their lives and makes them at things a little differently. This is the story of four high school students and their passions and families told through journal entries, e-mails and text. Grades 7 and up.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

It was the great title and the great cover that drew me to this book and the story did not disappoint! Frankie comes from a somewhat well to do family that sends her to Alabaster Preparatory Academy like her sister and father before her. At home Frankie is ordinary, and never a worry to her parents. After a fairly typical freshman year at Alabaster, Frankie returns for her sophomore year having filled out and looking quite pretty. She attracts the attention of a very popular senior and begins to date him. Once she becomes welcome into his circle of friends, she decides she never wants to leave; only her boyfriend is pretty selective about her involvement. He and his pals are part of an all male secret society. Frankie wants in, but that can’t happen, at least it can’t for an ordinary girl. People always underestimated Frankie; they won’t anymore. Find out how a girl goes from reputable to disreputable.
Recommended for grades 8 and up.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Dylan Scott

Twins, Sophie and Josh were just your average teens, working to save money to buy a car until Dr. John Dee showed up to steal an ancient text with all the secrets of life from Nick Fleming, Josh's boss. Now it appears they are destined to save the world or destroy it unless Dr. Dee's golems (men made from clay), or Morrigan's crows, or countless other creatures they've only read about in books or imagined in nightmares don't destroy them. For lovers of fantasy and mythology grades 6 and up.